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Dental – plaque & tartar

Plaque and tartar provide the ideal environment in which bacteria thrive, causing gum disease and tooth decay. Keeping plaque and tartar at bay with good dental hygiene is key to oral health. Read more
Depression overview

Depression overview

We all have the blues from time to time, but if you have depression, this feeling is stronger, it affects your thinking and behaviour, and lasts from weeks to months. However, no matter how low you feel, there is hope. There are people who can help you and things you can do to get on the road to recovery. Read more
Dermatitis

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a skin inflammation that causes red, itchy, crusted skin that can become swollen or blistered. Dermatitis affects about 20% of people at some time. Read more
Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. If not controlled, high blood-sugar levels will eventually lead to damage to many parts of the body. Read more
Diabetes – blood glucose testing

Diabetes – blood glucose testing

If you have diabetes, you can test your blood glucose levels at home using a blood glucose meter. Read more

Diabetes – medications

The main aim of treatment for diabetes is to reduce your risk of developing complications by keeping your blood glucose (sugar) levels at reasonable levels. Read more
Diabetes – prediabetes

Diabetes – prediabetes

Prediabetes is when the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood is higher than normal. This means you are at much higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Read more

Diabetes – type 1

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin, resulting in insulin deficiency. Read more

Diabetes – type 2

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your body isn't able to use insulin properly, resulting in high blood glucose levels. This can lead to a wide range of health problems if not treated. Read more
Dry mouth

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is a condition where there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Dry mouth can contribute to dental decay, gum disease and infections, so you may need to take extra care of your oral health. Read more
Ear infection (middle ear)

Ear infection (middle ear)

An ear infection occurs when bacteria or viruses infect the middle ear, causing pain and discomfort. They are common in young children, who should be taken to a doctor. Read more
Earache

Earache

Ear pain or earache is very common in children and can also affect adults. See your doctor if you or a family member – especially a child or baby – has earache. Read more

Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition that causes redness, inflammation, dryness and itching of the skin. The exact cause of eczema is not known but with the most common form of eczema – called atopic dermatitis – there is often a family history of eczema, hay fever and/or asthma. Read more

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction means a man is unable to maintain an erect penis sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many men have erection problems at times, and the likelihood increases with age. Read more

Eyes & ageing

Changes that occur in our eyes as we grow older can have a big effect on our vision. Read more
Falls prevention

Falls prevention

A fall at any age can be dangerous, but falls become increasingly common and far more likely to cause injury after the age of 55. Read more

Folic acid

Easy-to-read medicine information about folic acid – what is it, how to take folic acid safely and possible side effects. Read more
Food allergies

Food allergies

A food allergy is when the body's immune system reacts to a harmless food as if it were toxic. In most cases, the allergic reaction may cause mild to moderate symptoms such as a rash or an upset tummy. In rare cases, it can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Read more

Fungal nail infections

Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. It can cause discolouration and thickening of one or more nails over a long period of time. Read more
Fussy eaters

Fussy eaters

Fussy eating is normal in young children and can be stressful for parents. But, as long as your child is growing and developing healthily, then they're eating enough. Read more